The safety of our patients, students, residents, faculty, and staff is first priority here at Penn Dental Medicine. To prevent the spread of communicable diseases, we adhere to a rigorous infection control exposure plan. This includes monitoring staff compliance with immunizations, use of the most up-to-date Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and techniques, maintaining strict sterilization procedures, and providing continuous training for all providers.
A special concern in health delivery settings is monitoring safety protocols to prevent transmission of bloodborne pathogens and communicable disease, such as Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), Hepatitis B Virus (HBV) and Hepatitis C Virus (HCV), and including the most recent novel Coronavirus threat, COVID-19.
The procedures described below are reviewed and updated at least annually based on evidence and recommendations from governmental authorities, such as CDC and OSHA.